Sample Letter to Landlord: Termination of Lease - Failure to Make Necessary Repairs

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The following document ONLY applies to jurisdictions in Kentucky that have enacted the Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act. These jurisdictions are: Barbourville, Bellevue, Bromley, Covington, Dayton, Florence, Lexington-Fayette County, Georgetown, Louisville-Jefferson County, Ludlow, Melbourne, Newport, Oldham County, Pulaski County, Shelbyville, Silver Grove, Southgate, Taylor Mill and Woodlawn.

If you do NOT live in one of these jurisdictions, please do not rely on this document for legal advice.

Further, this information only applies to residential leases. It does not apply to: commercial units, properties under contract for sale, hotels or motels, or people who are employed by the landlord.

Here is a sample letter you can send to your landlord terminating your lease if he or she does not make the necessary repairs to your property. Read more about the landlord's maintenance obligations.

**You can also download this letter in Microsoft Word format.**


Dear Landlord:

KRS 383.595 requires all landlords to comply with the provisions of the lease/rental agreement and the requirements of applicable building and housing codes materially affecting health and safety and to make all repairs and do whatever is necessary to put and keep the premises in a fit and habitable condition.

The following conditions in my dwelling unit constitute a breach of Section 383.595 and/or our rental agreement:


Under the provisions of KRS 383.625, I may terminate our rental agreement not less than thirty (30) days after your receipt of this notice if these breaches are not remedied within fourteen (14) days.

In addition, if the same conditions of which such notice was given recur within six (6) months, I may terminate our rental agreement upon at least fourteen (14) days written notice specifying the breach and the date of termination of our rental agreement. Should our rental agreement be so terminated, I would be entitled to the return of any prepaid rent.


Reviewed August 2009